Focus on the fridge, not the pantry

Focus on the fridge, not the pantry

Dr. Michael Russo, a bariatric surgeon for Smart Dimensions Weight Loss in Fountain Valley, California, told Healthline that dieters can help win at weight loss by planning their grocery shopping based on what goes in the refrigerator and what goes in the pantry.

“The worst thing you can do is to go to the grocery store and end up filling your pantry with processed and refined carbohydrates. The focus should be on the fridge,” emphasized Russo.

The surgeon recommends shopping for lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables to boost weight loss. Organize your refrigerator and place protein such as meat, eggs, and dairy “front and center,” added Russo. “Protein provides a slow-burning fuel source for your body to run on without the crash that leaves you hungry for a quick carb/sugar rush.”

And if you’re not sure when you’re shopping, Russo offered this guideline: “As a basic rule, if it comes in a box, it’s probably heavily processed and not a good meal choice.”

Engineer your kitchen for success
Psychologist and certified clinical exercise physiologist David Creel authored “A Size That Fits: Lose Weight and Keep It off, One Thought at a Time.” He told Healthline that when it comes to boosting their weight loss by changing their kitchen, dieters should make sure they’re “engineering the environment for success.”

Creel, who is also a registered dietitian, explains that this means making it more challenging to eat unhealthy foods with simple changes such as swapping a candy dish in your kitchen for an attractive fruit bowl.

“Less healthy foods don’t have to be forbidden, but if they require effort (baking cookies from scratch vs. cookies in the pantry), people tend to eat them less frequently and can break bad habits,” he pointed out.

Creel said he recognizes that some dieters find it challenging to resist foods that are available in the kitchen, even when stashed in a high cabinet. But he helped one of his clients overcome that challenge with a different change.

“One of my clients made her husband keep all of his junk food in his car,” revealed Creel. “It is important for people to determine what foods they can eat in moderation if well planned, pre-portioned, or stored out of sight versus those that just aren’t kept in the house at all.

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